How To Hammam

As well as leaving you with glowing and soft skin, a super scrub-down also helps to relax the body and mind, improve blood circulation and aid in relieving pain and stress. Here, we round up three of the best treatments the UAE has to offer...
A Signature Emirates Hammam by Hammamii
A Signature Emirates Hammam by Hammamii
May 13, 2019
By Tiffany Eslick, Maryanne Sparkes, Karen D'Souza

A Sumptuous Scrub

A Signature Emirates Hammam by Hammamii (above) combines traditional Moroccan and Turkish hammam elements with local UAE ingredients and an Emirati twist. And the spa at Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Mangroves Hotel by Anantara couldn’t be a more fitting locale, as it dazzles with Arabian splendour. The treatment starts with a two-step mini facial, which is followed by an activated charcoal and black soap application, five minutes of steaming in a eucalyptus-scented room, a thorough kesse mitt scrub and a za’atar exfoliation. The full-body palmeraie date mask (made from five kinds of different dates and infused with sweet orange oil and cloves) is wonderfully indulgent and a touch of theatrics is next, as the therapist covers you in a cloud of foam, before you’re rinsed, cleaned with a minty body wash and finally doused with a salt and camel milk soak. A hair ritual is also part of the experience – you’ll love the mineral-rich Moroccan rhassoul clay, lavender and rosemary mask. Final steps include being slathered in safran oil, which comes from the Atlas Mountains; and a spritz with a cacti elixir facial mist. You’ll emerge with butter-soft skin and smelling delicious.

What: Signature Emirates Hammam by Hammamii 
Where: Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
Cost: Dhs 990 for 90 minutes
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Pampering at the Palace

For the ultimate in relaxation, opt for a Ceremonial Hammam from the Arabian Rituals menu at Palazzo Versace Dubai’s The SPA. In just two hours, your skin will feel utterly transformed, with a traditional Moroccan black soap scrub, followed by an invigorating Miel d’Ambre full-body exfoliation. Feel your stresses fade away with an aromatic kelp hair mask, scalp massage and traditional hair-washing ritual, before being escorted to another of the spa’s private treatment rooms. Here, you’ll enjoy the second part of the ceremony – a hydrating full-body massage, featuring the sensual aromas of Onguent d’Argan – a nourishing body balm that fuses argan oil with monoi butter. The ritual ends with a face and neck massage using the extremely hydrating Roses dé Sucre cream, which keeps your face feeling beautifully dewy for days to follow. Don your Versace-embellished robe and slippers and head to the spa’s decadent relaxation room after your treatment, where you’ll be treated to walnuts, dates and Moroccan mint tea. Upon returning to the dressing rooms, you’ll find an array of amenities to prepare you to once again face the outside world.

What: Ceremonial Hammam by Palazzo Versace Dubai’s The SPA
Where: Palazzo Versace Dubai
Cost: Dhs 850 for 120 minutes
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Royal Rejuvenation

The Saray Golden Hammam

The Saray Golden Hammam treatment at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai combines a traditional Turkish hammam experience with the healing and rejuvenating properties of 24k gold-infused oil. The therapist begins by cleansing your body with soap made from black olives and eucalyptus to soften your skin. With the soap still on, you’re then taken to a steam room, where you sit for 15 minutes. A quick rinse is followed by a vigorous exfoliation with a kesse mitt, which will leave your skin tingling. Another wash follows, after which you’re coated with a soothing and delicately fragranced gold mask made from kaolin clay, aloe vera fruit juice and ginger Dead Sea salt to aid detoxification. A mask of natural honey is also applied to your face. After a final round of bathing, the treatment culminates with a gentle massage with gold oil, crafted from a blend of lemon, orange, jasmine and argan oil, which purifies and nourishes the skin. Round off the experience with herbal tea and dates in the spa’s relaxation lounge, as the oil works its magic on your body. You’ll leave feeling like a caterpillar emerging from its chrysalis.

What: Saray Golden Hammam treatment by Saray Spa
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Cost: Dhs 1,270 for 120 minutes
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